If house of pain hyped a second album and ev Jus bounced before the release with not one cameo, it would shows ev wanted nothing to do with that band. I think i, among many, was disappointed that ev left. It just isn't that super group they claimed for the first release, which was good. They did have a little co dependence thing going, which made us unsure if this was a soul assassins type project.
That's a big change with no ev, why not at least try and fill the spot temp. with necro or mad child or even paz.
Everyone who thinks masters is a great album, imagine how much more it would have had with ev. Including his people like b real and snoop.